Skirt and coat set

18th century (mid)

Silk satin (outer); cotton (inner)

Inventory sheet

Skirt and coat set, probably winter, in green silk, entirely decorated with geometric and plant motifs in relief, achieved by stitching that joins the outer fabric to the inner fabric, passing through the filling between the two, resulting in a beautiful quilted effect.

The coat is cut at the waist, from which a large flap hangs, which overlaps the skirt until below the hips. This flap is longer and more rounded in the back.

It closes at the front with hooks and ends at the top with white lace inserts, from which small green silk ribbons come out. Sleeve with drawn fold, covering the elbow.

The skirt, straight cut, is gathered at the waist, to loosely cover the inner frame, which formed the “bustles”, typical of 18th century fashion.

Models with some padded elements are known, but this example is rare as it presents this effect in its entirety. This characteristic and the decorative motifs take us back to the quilts produced in India, which, during the 16th and following centuries, Portugal traded and exported. However, we cannot confirm its Indian origin: similar examples in foreign museums are classified as English.